Undertaking a road trip to the new generation i20’s spiritual home capital of Seoul would’ve been far more exciting than testing it in the Mancunian rain that hammered down the entire week, but it might’ve been tricky to twist the arm of Hyundai’s press office. I wouldn’t have been able to afford the fuel, accommodation or indeed food to satisfy my humungous appetite, and it would’ve meant crossing Russia, China and, erm, North Korea – so okay, I’m kind of glad I stayed local for the week.
The new i20 jostles for sales in a tough class that includes the ever-popular Fiesta, Corsa, Clio, Polo, Fabia, Yaris and C3. It may be a surprise to learn that if I had chosen to trek to South Korea in one, it actually wouldn’t have been an #epicfail. For starters, it’s cavernous inside. I like to crank a driver’s seat up pretty high, which usually means that, as a 5’ 10” bloke, my bushy hair rubs against a car’s roof. Sat in the Hyundai, the remaining headroom was still plentiful, so I could easily have worn my bowler hat if I’d remembered it (or even got one). Accommodating four adults inside a new i20 would be easy and the car proved comfortable on long journeys, all-round visibility standing out as another strong point.
The second nice surprise was the… you can read the rest of my full Hyundai i20 road test review by visiting the blog of Carrot Insurance, one of the clients I write for [open in a new window]